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Congressional Internship in Washington, D.C.





The Office of Representative Rick Larsen (D‑WA‑02) is seeking to hire an intern in the Washington, DC office for the spring. Candidates should have an interest in and knowledge of the legislative process and American political system, possess excellent communication and writing skills, and be able to work independently.

Interns play an important role in the congressional office, and perform tasks that make the legislative process work.  They will be responsible for projects such as researching and writing memos, assisting legislative staff in committee hearings, and fielding constituent phone calls and other requests.  Other duties include leading Capitol tours and providing staff with general office support. During their term, interns are encouraged to attend briefings and committee hearings of personal interest.

Those with ties to Washington State or the 2nd Congressional District are strongly encouraged to apply. While the internship is unpaid, we are happy to work with schools that offer students academic credit for the internship.

If you would like to be considered for an internship, please email your resume, cover letter, and two references to Cara Sullivan at

Please feel free to contact me via e-mail or at 202-225-2605 should you have any questions or if I can be of further assistance.


Thank you,


Cara Sullivan

Staff Assistant

U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen (WA-02)

2113 Rayburn House Office Building



Networking & Happy Hour in DC

Gonzaga U. Alumni DC Chapter Summer Charity Happy Hour at Sutra Lounge & Savour Restaurant!

Please join Gonzaga Alumni, current Zags, and friends for a Happy Hour to support Community of Hope.

When: Thursday June 23rd, 2011, 6:00 pm to Late

Where: Sutra Lounge & Savour Restaurant in Adams Morgan

2406 18th Street NW, Washington DC 20009



Why: Don’t miss out on this chance to meet new Zags, reconnect with fellow Alumni, and support a great cause.  You can help make this event a success by spreading the word widely throughout your area networks, including your friends, family, work, church, service, and social organizations.

Music, food and drink specials will be featured!


About Community of Hope: Community of Hope works to improve the health and quality of life for low-income, homeless, and underserved families and individuals in the District of Columbia by providing healthcare, housing with supportive services, educational opportunities, and spiritual support. The vision: that all families in Washington DC are healthy, stably housed, well educated, and financially secure. The key: to serve with compassion, integrity, and respect.  Learn more on our website:
Questions? Contact Christelle Gorman at


Career Center Coffee Chat: Washington D.C.

Interested in learning about how to navigate the professional waters in Washington D.C.? Join us for coffee chat as we welcome Tom Lopach, Chief of Staff for Senator Jon Tester (D-MT).

Tom will discuss career advice and transition for political science, international relations, communications, history and more in relation to Washington D.C.

Tom Lopach is currently serving as Senator Jon Tester’s (D-MT) Chief of Staff.  In that role he leads the Washington, DC and Montana Senate staff in work on behalf of Senator Tester and Montanans.  Prior to this assignment Lopach served as an appointee of the Obama-Biden Administration at the Export-Import Bank of the United States where he served as Senior Vice President of Congressional Affairs.  In the 2007-2008 election cycle Tom was the National Finance Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee where he led a staff that raised over $137 million for Democratic Senate campaigns – a record amount of money raised for the DSCC.  Lopach was also part of a team that helped to bring the Democratic Caucus in the US Senate to 59.  Before serving at the DSCC Lopach spent eight years working for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA).  At the end of his time with Senator Kennedy Lopach was Finance Director for Kennedy’s 2006 re-election campaign and Executive Director of Kennedy’s political action committee, the Committee for a Democratic Majority.  Lopach is a native of Helena, MT and a 1996 graduate of Gonzaga University with a bachelor of arts in political science and additional concentrations in international studies and women’s studies.

If you are interested in government, politics or learning more about how to navigate the system invite them to this informal coffee chat!

Save the Date!
Date: Friday, October 22nd
Time: 9-10 am
Where: Road to Bali

Coffee and pastries to be provided!

Please RSVP to by Wednesday October 20th in order to have an accurate count.

Interested in Policy or Government?

Then check out this great internship opportunity in Washington D.C. for the summer.  1Sky is a national climate campaign working to mobilize a broad base of support for climate change legislation in 2010 from across all sectors and communities in this country.

1Sky is looking for motivated people to intern in 2010 with the following departments this summer:

  • Organizing and Outreach
  • Internet, Film and Media
  • Policy
  • Development and General Support
  • Communications

Internships run from June 7 to August 20th. For more information on the internship check it out here.  To find out more about 1Sky, go to their website at:

Recent Grad looking for Employment with a Stable Employer?

Are you tired of hearing of one company after another going bankrupt or having difficulties in this tough economy?  Consider working for one company that has been around for quite some time: the Federal Government.    The benefits are there as well as the demand for young and fresh employees.   Some estimates put that the Federal Government will be retiring nearly 500,000 baby boomers over the course of the next ten years so the need to fill roles now is paramount.

Here is one Federal opportunity design specifically for recent graduates:

Public Service Fellows Program

The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.


The Public Service Fellows Program is structured to enable each Fellow to significantly contribute to the Partnership’s work while gaining valuable experience.F ellows are assigned to one of the Partnerships teams based on their skill and interest match. During their tenure, fellows are fully integrated within the teams projects and meetings. Fellows may also be asked to lend support on projects for other teams, as needed, and to occasionally assist with administrative duties, such as mailings, greeting visitors, and directing phone calls.

Departments/Areas accepting fellows fo Fall 2009 are as follows:

  • Business Development/Fundraising
  • Communications
  • Education & Outreach
  • Government Affairs
  • Nonprofit Management/Accounting
  • Government Transformation
  • Research

QUALIFICATIONS:  Strong commitment to public service issues Desire to learn about issues affecting the federal government. Desire and ability to interact with other organizations including those in the non-profit, academic, private, media, and governmental sectors. Excellent writing and analytical skills. Good presentation skills. Ability to work well in a fast-paced ever-changing environment and to work on multiple assignments in a given time frame. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as a member of a tea.  Current student or recent graduate of an undergraduate or graduate program. Proficiency in web-based research and Microsoft Office programs.

For full description of specific department, check out the posting on with ID#: 3155.